Bangkok, The City of Angels or “Krungthep” [กรุงเทพมหานคร] in Thai, is the capital city of Thailand. Bangkok is the hub for most of the commercial and economic activities of the Kingdom. At the same time, the City is very famous and appreciated by visitors for its versatility and multiple points of interests. From temples, the Grand Palace, encompassing some of Asia’s largest shopping centers and the largest outdoor market of Asia (Chatuchak), Bangkok definitely has what it takes to entertain visitors from all walks of life, either first time or return travelers. Whilst Taxi fares are very reasonable, most of the sightseeing can comfortably be reached by Skytrain (BTS) or Underground train (MRT). A part from the sightseeing and shopping, Bangkok has developed into a magnet for food lovers of all cuisines. The same range of choice applies to the accommodation options all over town, from high end international chain hotels to family run guesthouses; demands of all travelers are guaranteed to be met.
Bangkok is a great place to be where you can relax, shopping and sightseeing.
- The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is definitely the one must-see monument in the Capital. A former Residence of the Thai Royals, it was founded in conjunction with the moving of the capital across the river to the actual Bangkok city, where it is today. Throughout the years, the buildings have been developed and added to its grandeur. It is located in the Phra Nakorn district and offers spectacular architecture, sightseeing and will remain as stunning memories to all visitors.
- Khao San Road is the best known area among backpackers and budget travelers in Bangkok. Scores of tourists from all over are populating the numerous guesthouses and small hotels at any given time of the year. The pubs, clubs and other bar scene in Khao San Road are definitely worth a trip to soak up the atmosphere of the area. The multitude of shops, Tattoo studios as well as Internet cafés, complete the picture and fulfill the need of anyone far away from home.
- Siam Square covers probably the needs of any shoppers heading to Bangkok. All Luxury brands are well represented in Asia’s largest shopping mall, Paragon, located next to Siam Center and Siam Discovery, all on the Northern side of the Siam Skytrain (BTS) station. This station serves as only interchange station between the BTS Sukhumvit and Silom lines. On the Southern side, there is a large shopping area populated with an impressive number of small gift shops, upcoming designer outlets and homely restaurants, all within easy walking distance. In addition Bangkok’s iconic Hard Rock Café is located in Siam Square area. On the Eastern side it is connected by a bridge to MBK center, famous shopping mall for electronics and fashion accessories, all under one roof.
- Chinatown is located in the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and consists mostly of the old town. It is easily recognizable by the Giant Swing ,of which, its presence marks the area. There are number of buzzing markets, eateries, gold and pawn shops to be discovered by travelers in a labyrinth of small streets. Chinatown has many hotels and open air restaurants as well.
Getting around in Bangkok
The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites and attractions along the riverside.
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Taxis are cheap and appear on virtually every corner, at almost any time.
Tuk-tuk, once a big Bangkok attraction, is slowly disappearing in favour of more comfortable transport, but it is still worth a ride at least once.